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August 13, 2013 eNewsletter - Philadelphia

 
InterfaithFamily
August 13, 2013

Dear Friends,
Surprise--the holidays are rapidly approaching! It may be mid-summer, but it's already time to start preparing for the Jewish New Year. Start out by learning the basics with our holiday cheat sheet and high holy days booklet. And get some reading ideas for your kids from our new book columnist, Kathy Bloomfield. Let me know if there's anything we can do to help you get in gear for the earlier than usual holidays this year!

Lindsey Silken
editor@interfaithfamily.com

Coming Up in Philadelphia
Services
Rosh Hashanah Family Services
Join us for Rosh Hashanah Family Services at Main Line Reform Temple. Plus, find other local events on our community page.

And enjoy film screenings of animated Keats and Sendak books as well as crafts and activities throughout the National Museum of American Jewish History, free for grandparents and children on Grandparents' Day, Sept. 8.

Lastly, sign up for our Philadelphia Facebook group to learn about and take part in events nearby!
High Holidays
High Holy Days Booklet
High Holy Days Basics
Want to know what to expect at synagogue services and what at-home celebrations may look like, or need a glossary of useful terms? Our booklet is here to help. Read more
Holiday Prep
Holiday Cheat Sheet
Jewish Holidays Cheat Sheet
Get prepped for all the holidays to come with this need-to-know cheat sheet of dates, descriptions, meanings and more. Read more
Pop Culture
Noah Wyle
Exclusive Interview with Noah Wyle
Noah Wyle of ER fame sits down with us to chat about his new show Falling Skies, his interfaith parenting approach and his next project. Read more
Parenting
Parenting Questions
Why am I Jewish & Daddy isn't?
"He is going to notice that his cousins don't go to Hebrew school, and that Daddy doesn't come with us to High Holiday services. At some point he will ask about these differences." Read more
Books
BooksNew Kids' Book Column
Kathy Bloomfield's first round-up includes books that teach the lessons of apology and forgiveness, an important part of the high holiday season. Read more
Entertainment
First Date
First Date
Amy Klein reviews the new Broadway musical about a Jewish man's first date with a woman who is unexpectedly not Jewish. Starring Chuck's Zachary Levi and Smash's Krysta Rodriguez. Read more

From the Blog
Shabbat AppShabbat on Vacation, Interfaith Arguments & Adam Levine's Engagement

Parenting bloggers Jane of Dallas, TX, and Jessie of Boston, MA, talk about a new (digital) way to celebrate Shabbat on vacation and how to remember the birthday of a lost loved one. On the Wedding Blog, learn how Matt deals with interfaith arguments and getting through "narrow places" with his fiancé. On the Staff Blog: Ari from Chicago urges educators to "keep it real." Responding to a recent article suggesting that we should embrace gay married Jews but not intermarried Jews, CEO Ed Case says we need to do both.

Meanwhile, in Philadelphia, Wendy shares the important benefit her family has gotten from
being synagogue members, and Robyn wishes Adam Levine mazel tov on his interfaith engagement.

High Holidays
 Coming Up in Philadelphia
 High Holidays
 Holiday Prep
 Pop Culture
 Parenting
 Books
 Entertainment
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Derived from the Greek word for "assembly," a Jewish house of prayer. Synagogue refers to both the room where prayer services are held and the building where it occurs. In Yiddish, "shul." Reform synagogues are often called "temple." A member of the Jewish clergy who leads a congregation in songful prayer. ("Hazzan" in Hebrew.) A language of West Semitic origins, culturally considered to be the language of the Jewish people. Ancient or Classical Hebrew is the language of Jewish prayer or study. Modern Hebrew was developed in the late-19th and early 20th centuries as a revival language; today it is spoken by most Israelis.
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